Poppies, Christmas Lights and Lanterns, Crocuses and Lots of Fun!
As autumnal colours, sunny days, cold evenings, and the odd deluge of rain heralded November AK were busy with their usual community and club events.
Helping with the Royal British Legion Poppy appeal is always a great pleasure and this year we helped to raise £960 - an increase of over £100+ from last year.
The third Saturday in November is earmarked well in advance as one of the highlights for both the town and our club. With many members suitably attired in fancy dress, the bucket collection, lights parade and fireworks were THE BEST EVER! £2387.64 was collected but more importantly the community was buzzing with fun and what can only be described as the ‘Feel Good Factor.’ Huge congratulations to Ambleside’s Lights Committee for their tireless work behind the scenes for many weeks leading up to the Lights Weekend.
Ambleside Theatre Voices staged an excellent concert, entitled Movies were Movies in St Marys Church the evening preceding the Lights Weekend with all proceeds donated to Children in Need. Members, who were not singing(!) helped with refreshments during the interval which raised a further £100 for the charity, taking the total for the evening to over £800.
5000 crocus bulbs have been planted around the village during the month. Along with Ambleside Rotary club we will look forward to seeing them bloom in aid of Purple for Polio in the Spring.
41 filled shoe boxes have been delivered to the depot at Much Hoole ready for distribution to Eastern European children for Christmas.
We have received a cheque for £150 from the local branch of The Furness Building Society’s community fund to help with the cost of participation pins for the Pink Ribbon event we are planning for June 24that Rothay Park.
During the month we enjoyed a fascinating presentation by Nick Graham, a Royal Society University Research Fellow and a Chair in Marine Ecology, now working at Lancaster University. Nick also has connections to Rotary as an Ambassadorial Scholar some years back. He is committed to tackling ecological and social-ecological coral reef issues of climate change, human use and resilience. He gave details of the impacts of climate induced coral bleaching with its effects on fisheries and ecosystem stability. With us all glued to the recent David Attenborough TV series The Blue Planet, Nicks talk was all the more absorbing.
We finished the month with a talk from Karin Groundel-Park on the work of Leonard Cheshire, his legacy to provide homes for the disabled and the work and projects at Holehird. Over the years the club has visited Holehird to help with quizzes, Easter events etc but with the new café on site it is the hope of the home that more of the community will ‘pop in’ to visit and became engaged with residents and events.
Another great month!